January 26, 2011 20:48 Age: 3 yrs

IN BRIEF: Sears Elected to Emory's Board of Trustees

Former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears 80L has been elected to Emory University’s Board of Trustees. Nominated by the Emory Alumni Board, she was elected as an alumni trustee in June.

“Throughout her career, Justice Sears has exem­plified the values essential to Emory as we advance our mission of coura­geous inquiry,” says Rosemary Magee 82PhD, vice president and University secretary. “Given her back­ground, commitments and expertise, she will make outstanding contribu­tions to the Emory University Board of Trustees.”

Sears became the first woman and the youngest person ever to sit on the Supreme Court of Georgia in February 1992. She retained her seat on the state’s Supreme Court by winning a statewide election in fall 1992, making her the first woman to win a contested statewide election in Georgia. She was sworn in as chief justice on June 28, 2005.

In 2009, Sears joined Schiff Hardin llp as a partner in the litigation group after retiring from the court. She is a visiting professor on contemporary issues in family law at the University of Georgia School of Law and serves as the William Thomas Sears Distinguished Fellow in Family Law at the Institute for American Values.

In 2001, she received the Emory Medal, Emory University’s highest honor.

The 41-member Board of Trustees oversees the governance and long-range fiduciary health of the University. Alumni trustees serve six years. Nominees are selected by the Emory Alumni Board and submitted to the Board of Trustees for consider­ation and approval.

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